Social Determinants of Health

Social determinants of health (SDOH) data refers to the conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play and affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. An integral part of health care delivery involves understanding these social and environmental factors of patients’ lives outside of the health care system. Addressing inequities in these conditions, supported in part through the access and use of SDOH data, can help to eliminate health disparities and to improve individual and population health. Advancing the use and interoperability of SDOH data is a priority for ONC consistent with our mission to improve the health and well-being of all individuals and communities using health information that is electronically accessible when and where it matters most. ONC focuses on four key areas for using health IT to advance the interoperability and use of SDOH data: standards and data; infrastructure; policy; and, implementation.

HHS and SDOH Health IT Standards